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Organized Family

Dave and Amy Mitchell

On the Organized Family podcast, the Mitchells discuss what they do in their home to help manage children's time, the space in their home, finances and their personal time so they can contribute to their community and their own happiness.



Tune in each week as the Mitchells discuss one of four core topics: family finances, personal development, home management or family organization.



While they will freely admit they don't have it all figured out, they will share personal stories and insights on how being organized has helped them overcome financial setbacks, contributed to well-balanced, responsible children, helped increase communication among all the family members and helped create a happy home.

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Oct 9, 2017 Dave and Amy Mitchell
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This week we talk about a technique positive people have that makes them resilient when changes happen. You can get the full show notes by subscribing to our newsletter at http://www.organizedfamily.co/. Not only will you get the show notes, but you will also get access to tools that can help you organize trips, have more meaningful conversations at the dinner table and some sample chore charts you can use in your home.
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Sep 18, 2017 Dave and Amy Mitchell
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This week we discuss why theming is, why it is helpful and different ways to apply it to months, weeks and days and different theme ideas for various time blocks. You can get the full show notes by subscribing to our newsletter at http://www.organizedfamily.co/. Not only will you get the show notes, but you will also get access to tools that can help you organize trips, have more meaningful conversations at the dinner table and some sample chore charts you can use in your home.
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Sep 11, 2017 Dave and Amy Mitchell
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This week we discuss why family walks are beneficial. You can get the full show notes by subscribing to our newsletter at http://www.organizedfamily.co/. Not only will you get the show notes, but you will also get access to tools that can help you organize trips, have more meaningful conversations at the dinner table and some sample chore charts you can use in your home.
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Sep 4, 2017 Dave and Amy Mitchell
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This week we talk about the different calendar systems out there and how we use them personally and in our family. You can get the full show notes by subscribing to our newsletter at http://www.organizedfamily.co/. Not only will you get the show notes, but you will also get access to tools that can help you organize trips, have more meaningful conversations at the dinner table and some sample chore charts you can use in your home.
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Aug 28, 2017 Dave and Amy Mitchell
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In this week’s episode, we discuss what you can do to keep track of important facts on people you interact with, how to organize them and some tips on when you should record them. You can get the full show notes by subscribing to our newsletter at http://www.organizedfamily.co/. Not only will you get the show notes, but you will also get access to tools that can help you organize trips, have more meaningful conversations at the dinner table and some sample chore charts you can use in your...
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Aug 21, 2017 Dave and Amy Mitchell
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One of the hardest things about preparing meals is coming up with an idea. There are times when even that doesn’t help because nothing sounds appealing. Yet there is a way around that: Sharing meals with others. A couple of years ago our family got together with some other families in the neighborhood and began sharing meal ideas and making them together. In this weeks episode, we discuss how to organize a meal sharing group, some of the motivations behind starting one and what important...
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Aug 7, 2017 Dave and Amy Mitchell
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This week we return from our summer vacation and discuss warranties. How Dave and Amy are different in how they organize warranties and why it still works. You can get the full show notes by subscribing to our newsletter at http://www.organizedfamily.co/. Not only will you get the show notes, but you will also get access to tools that can help you organize trips, have more meaningful conversations at the dinner table and some sample chore charts you can use in your home.
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Jun 26, 2017 Dave and Amy Mitchell
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Next to the birds and the bees topic, the scariest thing to talk to your kids about is money. Learn how to make it easy in today’s podcast. You can get the full show notes by subscribing to our newsletter at http://www.organizedfamily.co/. Not only will you get the show notes, but you will also get access to tools that can help you organize trips, have more meaningful conversations at the dinner table and some sample chore charts you can use in your home.
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Jun 19, 2017 Dave and Amy Mitchell
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Saving money and organizing things is all well and good, but the activity that can bring some of the greatest happiness into your life and the lives of your family is sharing what you have and know with others. This week we discuss various ways you can give back to those around you.
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Jun 12, 2017 Dave and Amy Mitchell
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Contrary to popular opinions, estate planning is not just for old people! This week we discuss why it’s important to have an estate plan even as a young couple and how you can get started.
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Jun 5, 2017 Dave and Amy Mitchell
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This week we discuss how to automate your finances.
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May 29, 2017 Dave and Amy Mitchell
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You can get the full show notes by subscribing to our newsletter at http://www.organizedfamily.co/. Not only will you get the show notes, but you will also get access to tools that can help you organize trips, have more meaningful conversations at the dinner table and some sample chore charts you can use in your home.
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May 22, 2017 Dave and Amy Mitchell
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This week we talk about how to overcome some of the challenges to getting organized.
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May 15, 2017 Dave and Amy Mitchell
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This week we discuss the challenges to being organized. You can get the full show notes by subscribing to our newsletter at http://www.organizedfamily.co/. Not only will you get the show notes, but you will also get access to tools that can help you organize trips, have more meaningful conversations at the dinner table and some sample chore charts you can use in your home.
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May 8, 2017 Dave and Amy Mitchell
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This week we talk about our tradition of family board game night and why we started it. You can get the full show notes by subscribing to our newsletter at http://www.organizedfamily.co/. Not only will you get the show notes, but you will also get access to tools that can help you organize trips, have more meaningful conversations at the dinner table and some sample chore charts you can use in your home.
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May 1, 2017 Dave and Amy Mitchell
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This week we talk about the importance of collecting children’s electronics at night. You can get the full show notes by subscribing to our newsletter at http://www.organizedfamily.co/. Not only will you get the show notes, but you will also get access to tools that can help you organize trips, have more meaningful conversations at the dinner table and some sample chore charts you can use in your home.
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Apr 25, 2017 Dave and Amy Mitchell
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This week we have four of our five children on to talk about what they have learned. Essentially it’s a test to see if what we think we are teaching is actually what we are teaching our children. Listen and see how we have done. You can get the full show notes by subscribing to our newsletter at http://www.organizedfamily.co/. Not only will you get the show notes, but you will also get access to tools that can help you organize trips, have more meaningful conversations at the dinner table and...
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Apr 17, 2017 Dave and Amy Mitchell
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Learn the 5 principles of organizing in this episode. You can get the full show notes by subscribing to our newsletter at http://www.organizedfamily.co/. Not only will you get the show notes, but you will also get access to tools that can help you organize trips, have more meaningful conversations at the dinner table and some sample chore charts you can use in your home.
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Apr 10, 2017 Dave and Amy Mitchell
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You can get the full show notes by subscribing to our newsletter at http://www.organizedfamily.co/. Not only will you get the show notes, but you will also get access to tools that can help you organize trips, have more meaningful conversations at the dinner table and some sample chore charts you can use in your home. This week we talk about how to make things easier, like cleaning your room, by breaking it down into smaller chunks.
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Mar 27, 2017 Dave and Amy Mitchell
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This week we discuss how to plan for family reunions. You can get the full show notes by subscribing to our newsletter at http://www.organizedfamily.co/. Not only will you get the show notes, but you will also get access to tools that can help you organize trips, have more meaningful conversations at the dinner table and some sample chore charts you can use in your home.
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Mar 20, 2017 Dave and Amy Mitchell
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This week we talk about some strategies you can use to involve your family members in helping out in the yard. And Enjoy It! You can get the full show notes by subscribing to our newsletter at http://www.organizedfamily.co/. Not only will you get the show notes, but you will also get access to tools that can help you organize trips, have more meaningful conversations at the dinner table and some sample chore charts you can use in your home.
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Mar 13, 2017 Dave and Amy Mitchell
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We continue our series on taking family photos. This week we talk about alternative things you can use the photos for besides just as the current family portrait on your wall. You can get the full show notes by subscribing to our newsletter at http://www.organizedfamily.co/. Not only will you get the show notes, but you will also get access to tools that can help you organize trips, have more meaningful conversations at the dinner table and some sample chore charts you can use in your home.
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Mar 6, 2017 Dave and Amy Mitchell
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We continue our series on taking family photos. This week we talk about what you need to do in order to make the actual day of the photo shoot an enjoyable experience. You can get the full show notes by subscribing to our newsletter at http://www.organizedfamily.co/. Not only will you get the show notes, but you will also get access to tools that can help you organize trips, have more meaningful conversations at the dinner table and some sample chore charts you can use in your home.
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Feb 27, 2017 Dave and Amy Mitchell
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This week we discuss how to plan for taking family pictures. You can get the full show notes by subscribing to our newsletter at http://www.organizedfamily.co/. Not only will you get the show notes, but you will also get access to tools that can help you organize trips, have more meaningful conversations at the dinner table and some sample chore charts you can use in your home.
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Feb 20, 2017 Dave and Amy Mitchell
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We conclude our series on organizing your family room with a discussion on how we have organized the toys and games we use within our family room. You can get the full show notes by subscribing to our newsletter at http://www.organizedfamily.co/. Not only will you get the show notes, but you will also get access to tools that can help you organize trips, have more meaningful conversations at the dinner table and some sample chore charts you can use in your home.
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Feb 13, 2017 Dave and Amy Mitchell
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This week we continue with part 3 of our 4 part series on organizing the family room. Specifically, we talk about organizing the homework area. You can get the full show notes by subscribing to our newsletter at http://www.organizedfamily.co/. Not only will you get the show notes, but you will also get access to tools that can help you organize trips, have more meaningful conversations at the dinner table and some sample chore charts you can use in your home.
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Feb 6, 2017 Dave and Amy Mitchell
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This week we continue with part 2 of our 4 part series on organizing the family room. Specifically, we talk about organizing the entertainment area. You can get the full show notes by subscribing to our newsletter at http://www.organizedfamily.co/. Not only will you get the show notes, but you will also get access to tools that can help you organize trips, have more meaningful conversations at the dinner table and some sample chore charts you can use in your home.
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Jan 30, 2017 Dave and Amy Mitchell
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In this episode, Dave and Amy talk about how their family room was one of their least favorite rooms to be in and what they did to make it one of their most used rooms now. You can get the full show notes by subscribing to our newsletter at http://www.organizedfamily.co/. Not only will you get the show notes, but you will also get access to tools that can help you organize trips, have more meaningful conversations at the dinner table and some sample chore charts you can use in your home.
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Jan 23, 2017 Dave and Amy Mitchell
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We conclude our three-part series on how to organize your car by discussing how to organize your trunk area and a couple of philosophical ideas on why we organize things in our cars the way we do. You can get the full show notes by subscribing to our newsletter at http://www.organizedfamily.co/. Not only will you get the show notes, but you will also get access to tools that can help you organize trips, have more meaningful conversations at the dinner table and some sample chore charts you can...
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Jan 16, 2017 Dave and Amy Mitchell
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We continue our a three-part series on how to organize your car by discussing how to organize the main compartment of your car. You can get the full show notes by subscribing to our newsletter at http://www.organizedfamily.co/. Not only will you get the show notes, but you will also get access to tools that can help you organize trips, have more meaningful conversations at the dinner table and some sample chore charts you can use in your home.
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Jan 9, 2017 Dave and Amy Mitchell
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We kick off a three-part series on how to organize your car by starting with the front of the car. You can get the full show notes by subscribing to our newsletter at http://www.organizedfamily.co/. Not only will you get the show notes, but you will also get access to tools that can help you organize trips, have more meaningful conversations at the dinner table and some sample chore charts you can use in your home.
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Jan 2, 2017 Dave and Amy Mitchell
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Our second quick tip for the season is about organizing categories. You can have zones and sub-zones, but categories are yet another way to divide your stuff and make it easier to get to and use when you need to. Specifically, Dave talks about how to use this as it applies to organizing camping gear.
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Dec 26, 2016 Dave and Amy Mitchell
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Because of the holidays we just have a short tip for all our listeners. Take a page from Getting Things Done by David Allen and spend some time this week and clean out your filing cabinets of all the paperwork you have accumulated over the years. If you don’t think you will need it, toss it. Make room for the stuff you will have this coming year and make space for new ideas. Have a happy new year and we’ll see you in 2017!
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Dec 19, 2016 Dave and Amy Mitchell
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Topics * Background * Why develop gratitude * How to develop gratitude You can get the full show notes by subscribing to our newsletter at http://www.organizedfamily.co/. Not only will you get the show notes, but you will also get access to tools that can help you organize trips, have more meaningful conversations at the dinner table and some sample chore charts you can use in your home.
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Dec 12, 2016 Dave and Amy Mitchell
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We discuss how to teach children how to be givers by going through the EDGE method of teaching. * Example/Explain * Demonstrate * Guide * Enable You can get the full show notes by subscribing to our newsletter at http://www.organizedfamily.co/. Not only will you get the show notes, but you will also get access to tools that can help you organize trips, have more meaningful conversations at the dinner table and some sample chore charts you can use in your home.
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Dec 5, 2016 Dave and Amy Mitchell
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062: Kids: A More Meaningful Christmas Topics * Activities * Gifts * Service Activities What is the reason for the season? To celebrate the birth of Christ * Have a birthday party for Jesus * Look at Christmas lights together as a family * Reflect on the symbols of Christmas and how they all bring us back to Christ * Decorate your home with nativity scenes * Read “A Christ Centered Christmas” by Emily Belle Freeman and learn more about each character of the nativity followed by a simple,...
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Nov 28, 2016 Dave and Amy Mitchell
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Topics * Signs of being stretched too thin * How to avoid getting to that point * What to do if you have too much on your plate You can get the full show notes by subscribing to our newsletter at http://www.organizedfamily.co/. Not only will you get the show notes, but you will also get access to tools that can help you organize trips, have more meaningful conversations at the dinner table and some sample chore charts you can use in your home.
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Nov 21, 2016 Dave and Amy Mitchell
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Topics * Shopping * Presenting Food at Home to Encourage Healthy Snacking * Eating Healthy When Not at Home You can get the full show notes by subscribing to our newsletter at http://www.organizedfamily.co/. Not only will you get the show notes, but you will also get access to tools that can help you organize trips, have more meaningful conversations at the dinner table and some sample chore charts you can use in your home.
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Nov 14, 2016 Dave and Amy Mitchell
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In this week’s episode, we discuss how the stories we tell ourselves can impact our relations and feelings and how we can make changes in our lives by changing the stories we tell ourselves. You can get the full show notes by subscribing to our newsletter at http://www.organizedfamily.co/. Not only will you get the show notes, but you will also get access to tools that can help you organize trips, have more meaningful conversations at the dinner table and some sample chore charts you can use...
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Nov 7, 2016 Dave and Amy Mitchell
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This week we discuss how sleep can impact your overall health. You can get the full show notes by subscribing to our newsletter at http://www.organizedfamily.co/. Not only will you get the show notes, but you will also get access to tools that can help you organize trips, have more meaningful conversations at the dinner table and some sample chore charts you can use in your home.
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Oct 31, 2016 Dave and Amy Mitchell
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In this episode we discuss how to celebrate small, medium and large accomplishments in your family. You can get the full show notes by subscribing to our newsletter at http://www.organizedfamily.co/. Not only will you get the show notes, but you will also get access to tools that can help you organize trips, have more meaningful conversations at the dinner table and some sample chore charts you can use in your home.
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Oct 24, 2016 Dave and Amy Mitchell
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This month we reach the 1-year mark for the podcast. Because of that, we decided to do a recap of the year by topic. This week is the review of the finance category. You can get the full show notes by subscribing to our newsletter at http://www.organizedfamily.co/. Not only will you get the show notes, but you will also get access to tools that can help you organize trips, have more meaningful conversations at the dinner table and some sample chore charts you can use in your home.
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Oct 17, 2016 Dave and Amy Mitchell
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This month we reach the 1-year mark for the podcast. Because of that, we decided to do a recap of the year by topic. This week is the review of the home category. You can get the full show notes by subscribing to our newsletter at http://www.organizedfamily.co/. Not only will you get the show notes, but you will also get access to tools that can help you organize trips, have more meaningful conversations at the dinner table and some sample chore charts you can use in your home.
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Oct 10, 2016 Dave and Amy Mitchell
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This month we reach the 1-year mark for the podcast. Because of that, we decided to do a recap of the year by topic. This week is the review of the children category. You can get the full show notes by subscribing to our newsletter at http://www.organizedfamily.co/. Not only will you get the show notes, but you will also get access to tools that can help you organize trips, have more meaningful conversations at the dinner table and some sample chore charts you can use in your home.
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Oct 3, 2016 Dave and Amy Mitchell
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This month we reach the 1-year mark for the podcast. Because of that, we decided to do a recap of the year by topic. This week is the review of the personal categories. You can get the full show notes by subscribing to our newsletter at http://www.organizedfamily.co/. Not only will you get the show notes, but you will also get access to tools that can help you organize trips, have more meaningful conversations at the dinner table and some sample chore charts you can use in your home.
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Sep 26, 2016 Dave and Amy Mitchell
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52: Home: Dejunking Topics * What is it? * Why do it? * How do you dejunk? You can get the full show notes by subscribing to our newsletter at http://www.organizedfamily.co/. Not only will you get the show notes, but you will also get access to tools that can help you organize trips, have more meaningful conversations at the dinner table and some sample chore charts you can use in your home.
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Sep 19, 2016 Dave and Amy Mitchell
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Topics * Achieve more together as a family * Keep it age appropriate * Accomplishing challenges can be very rewarding * Real life challenges come to families * These experiences build confidence You can get the full show notes by subscribing to our newsletter at http://www.organizedfamily.co/. Not only will you get the show notes, but you will also get access to tools that can help you organize trips, have more meaningful conversations at the dinner table and some sample chore charts you can...
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Sep 12, 2016 Dave and Amy Mitchell
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50: Kids: Fun Family Recreation Topics * Importance of * Making time for fun * What activities to do * Finding balance for the right length of activity time You can get the full show notes by subscribing to our newsletter at http://www.organizedfamily.co/. Not only will you get the show notes, but you will also get access to tools that can help you organize trips, have more meaningful conversations at the dinner table and some sample chore charts you can use in your home.
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Sep 5, 2016 Dave and Amy Mitchell
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Topics * How do you like to learn? * Where do you learn best? * When is a good time to fit that in your schedule? * Making it happen You can get the full show notes by subscribing to our newsletter at http://www.organizedfamily.co/. Not only will you get the show notes, but you will also get access to tools that can help you organize trips, have more meaningful conversations at the dinner table and some sample chore charts you can use in your home.
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Aug 29, 2016 Dave and Amy Mitchell
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48: Organizing Chores Through Family Meetings Topics: * Use family meetings to discuss family chores * Recognize parent problems * Find the right incentives for your kids * Post the chores and use them You can get the full show notes by subscribing to our newsletter at http://www.organizedfamily.co/. Not only will you get the show notes, but you will also get access to tools that can help you organize trips, have more meaningful conversations at the dinner table and some sample chore charts you...
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Aug 22, 2016 Dave and Amy Mitchell
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Topics * Why they are necessary * How they help families stay organized * Four different types * How to make them most effective You can get the full show notes by subscribing to our newsletter at http://www.organizedfamily.co/. Not only will you get the show notes, but you will also get access to tools that can help you organized trips, have more meaningful conversations at the dinner table and some sample chore charts you can use in your home.
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Aug 15, 2016 Dave and Amy Mitchell
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In this episode, we talk about the importance of a will and estate planning. You can get the full show notes by subscribing to our newsletter at http://www.organizedfamily.co/. Not only will you get the show notes, but you will also get access to tools that can help you organized trips, have more meaningful conversations at the dinner table and some sample chore charts you can use in your home.
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Aug 8, 2016 Dave and Amy Mitchell
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In this episode, we discuss how to manage your back to school preparations. You can get the full show notes by subscribing to our newsletter at http://www.organizedfamily.co/. Not only will you get the show notes, but you will also get access to tools that can help you organized trips, have more meaningful conversations at the dinner table and some sample chore charts you can use in your home.
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Aug 1, 2016 Dave and Amy Mitchell
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Topics * How to communicate * Actions to express * Things to avoid To get the full show notes, subscribe to our newsletter.
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Jul 25, 2016 Dave and Amy Mitchell
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Topics * How to communicate * Actions to express * Things to avoid To get the full show notes, subscribe to our newsletter.
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Jul 18, 2016 Dave and Amy Mitchell
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In this episode, we talk about how to express love to your family through giving gifts. Topics: * How to communicate * Actions to take * Things to avoid To get more detailed notes, click here.
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Jul 11, 2016 Dave and Amy Mitchell
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In this episode we talk about how to express love to your family though touch. Topics: * How to communicate * Actions to take * Things to avoid To get more detailed notes, click here.
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Jun 27, 2016 Dave and Amy Mitchell
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Topics * Introduction of each love language * How to discover * How understanding this improves relationships Introduction Gary Chapman wrote a book titled The 5 Love Languages which was a New York Times bestseller. In his book he talks about 5 different ways that people feel loved. 1. Words of Affirmation: Actions don’t always speak louder than words. If this is your love language, unsolicited compliments mean the world to you. Hearing the words, “I love you,” are important—hearing the...
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Jun 20, 2016 Dave and Amy Mitchell
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38: Dinner Conversations Topics * What are they? * Why do we have them? * Rules * Examples of ideas to spark dinner conversations Background Years ago Amy was thanking her parents for all that they taught her about values, how to be a good person, and so much more. Her parents told her that what they did for her won’t be enough for her kids today. More needs to be done to teach them and reinforce and prepare them for today’s world. Amy realized they could make better use of their time...
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Jun 13, 2016 Dave and Amy Mitchell
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Topics One way to save money is to Own Less Stuff. * De-junk your home regularly and donate it or sell it. * If you don’t need it, don’t buy it. * Before buying something make sure you will have a home for it when you take it home. * Focus on experiences rather than things. De-junk your home Once a year, the Mitchells go through their home and pull out the stuff they don’t need or want any more. They either donate it to a local thrift store or hold a yard sale. They do this regularly and...
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Jun 6, 2016 Dave and Amy Mitchell
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Topic Evaluate the goals that were set in January * Social * Spiritual * Physical * Mental * Financial Back in January, we did a podcast on the Groundhog Day Goal method, which was suggested by David Seah, where you regularly review the goals that were set in January. The dates to do that would be January 1, February 2, March 3, etc. Since this podcast is going out on June 6, and it’s about halfway through the year, we thought we’d talk about the goals that were set months ago and evaluate...
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May 30, 2016 Dave and Amy Mitchell
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Topics * Be consistent * Be deliberate * Label items Be consistent Consistently put things where they belong, like always putting your keys in the same place. Consistently do things the same time each week, like when you sit down to plan out your week. Consistently do things at the same time each day, like exercising. Consistency creates habits. If you want to get rid of bad habits, replace it with a new, more desirable habit. A Habit Journal lists the habit you want to do for four weeks and...
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May 23, 2016 Dave and Amy Mitchell
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Topics * Why have an emergency fund? * How much? * How to get there Why have an emergency fund? It’s a sefety net for those unexpected events in life that we don’t have money already budgeted for. It’s an account set aside from your regular budget to cover big expenses that you weren’t planning on paying. Mitchells have had to use their 3-6 month emergency fund three different times. Once when Dave was working for a small start up company and the company didn’t have enough money to...
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May 16, 2016 Dave and Amy Mitchell
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Topics * Different centers kids can focus their life on * Formal ways to teach principles * Informal ways to teach kids principles * How important good examples are Different Centers Sean Covey wrote a book titled Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teenagers. He talked about the different centers that kids (as well as adults) focus on which determine how they view themselves. Here are some examples: * Friend Centered * Stuff Centered * Boyfriend/Girlfriend Center * School-Centered *...
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May 9, 2016 Dave and Amy Mitchell
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Topics * Why you want a clean car * How to start * How to maintain a clean car Why: It’s nice not to have to shuffle papers or sippy cups out of the way if you need to transport other people on short notice. It feels good to be in a clean car. It helps if you’re in an accident to know where the important papers are like registration or insurance papers. Helps to track past services and car purchases. How to start with a clean car Take everything out of the car. Sort it into piles of like...
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May 2, 2016 Dave and Amy Mitchell
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Topics * Budgets * Long term savings * Borrowing is a trap * Give generously Budgets Sit down with your child one on one and help them create a budget fit for them. The teenager should be the one setting the numbers in their own budget, with guidance from their parent. At this age, a teenager’s budget is very simple. Their budget could include long-term savings, clothing, maybe a monthly cell phone bill and some fun money. Also, encourage your child to contribute to a charity fund. Teach them...
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Apr 25, 2016 Dave and Amy Mitchell
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Topics * Importance of sharpening the saw * Obstacles that keep us from taking time for ourselves * Evaluate what to do to recharge * Fitting it in your schedule Intro Before any airline takes off, the stewardess goes over some safety instructions with all the passengers telling them what to do in case of an emergency. One instruction they give is if the air pressure in the plane drops, air masks will drop from the ceiling above them. Each passenger is instructed to first, put the mask on...
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Apr 18, 2016 Dave and Amy Mitchell
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Topics * Background & signs of hoarders * Ways to help a child that is a hoarder * Ways to live with an adult hoarder (Dragon’s are, by far, some of the most notable hoarders). How Mitchells picked this topic Some listeners asked how to keep an organized home when a family member is a hoarder. Dave and Amy didn’t have much experience with this topic, so they asked some of their listeners what they have learned, and they also read up on this topic on the internet. They learned quite a...
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Apr 11, 2016 Dave and Amy Mitchell
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* Why organize the garage? * Creating Zones * Maintaining an organized garage Why Organize the Garage It helps to find tools and supplies quickly. It helps to allow room for important and expensive items like cars. A garage is so big that it’s easy for it to become a store-all for everything. Prioritize to decide what you want to use your garage for, and plan to fit those needs. How to Organize Using Zones Divide the garage into zones of similar items like camping, home repair, auto repair,...
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Apr 4, 2016 Dave and Amy Mitchell
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Topics * How Mitchells started * Different Budgeting Personalities * Dave Ramsey Monthly Budget Meeting Rules * Extra Tips How Mitchells Started Mitchells took a Dave Ramsey class several years ago called “Financial Peace University” sponsored by Zion’s Bank in their community. As part of that course, participants had a homework assignment to set a realistic budget where every dollar had a job. The very first meeting took a long time for Mitchells to get all their realistic expenses to...
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Mar 28, 2016 Dave and Amy Mitchell
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This week contains an assortment of tips and tricks to keep yourself more organized. Inbox Bills and other paper items that need taken care of go into an inbox, which for the Mitchells is a set of mini plastic stacking shelves just the width of a 8 1/2 by 11 piece of paper on their desk. Dave regularly processes his inbox, then he puts it in Amy’s inbox where she enters into the budget and then files them. Calendars The Mitchells have a digital family calendar that all family members can...
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Mar 21, 2016 Dave and Amy Mitchell
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Topics * Why kids need individual quality time * Ideas on how to provide that time Why Dave read an article awhile ago saying that 93% of the time the author had with his parents was over by the time he left high school. Parents need to make quality one-on-one time with of their kids while they are with you before they leave home. The best quality time is accomplished when you make one-on-one time with each of your children. Ideas on how to make quality time You will never FIND time for...
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Mar 14, 2016 Dave and Amy Mitchell
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Topics * What is a microzone? * Best locations * Easy systems * Keep life in perspective What is a microzone? Last month we talked about zones which are a general area assigned to similar items. Microzones are the smaller organized areas within a given zone. Best locations Items you use the most should be located at the easiest to reach spots. The less you use an item the higher up and out of reach it should go. Things that only get used maybe a few times a year, should go on the top shelf, and...
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Mar 7, 2016 Dave and Amy Mitchell
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Topics * What is batch processing? * When is it useful? * How it helps What is batch processing? When you have several tasks to do, you lump them all together and take care of them all at the same time. When is it useful? An example might be when you have bills to pay or receipts to enter into your budget. You can do this at a set time each week or month, and do it regularly and all at the same time. Reconciling bank statements need to be taken care of about the same time each month. Another...
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Feb 29, 2016 Dave and Amy Mitchell
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All too often there is more to do than we feel we have time. More often than not in these circumstances, we frantically try and do it all. We’ll write down all the things we need to accomplish on a list and gradually work our way down. For most small tasks, this works fine, but too often there are one or more larger tasks that sap our energy, sometimes even before we get to them because we know they are going to take a long time. That’s where the “tomato” (pomodoro in Italian) technique...